Childcare Provision

Mary recently supported Childcare providers outside Leinster House raising awareness again on the need for better childcare provision for all. Mary highlighted the main prohibitive elements around childcare services currently; access, affordability and value, and sustainability. She asked that the Minister brief the Seanad on his Childcare provision plans. Read Mary’s previous contributions on this…

Clonturk Community College

Following a recent meeting with representatives of the school community, public representatives and Minister Norma Foley, Mary has received the following positive update from the Department of Education: The Department of Education is committed to the delivery of a new school building for Clonturk Community College.  This project will provide accommodation for 1,000 pupils as…

€15.5 Million in Dublin Schools Funding

School communities have done an exceptional job in adapting to the changes required to operate safely in a Covid-19 environment. A key priority is to continue to support and sustain the operation of schools in this context. A total of 84 Dublin primary and post primary schools will benefit from this multi-annual funding which will…

Leaving Cert 2022

Mary supports the call from the Irish Secondary Students Union for a hybrid leaving cert in 2022. This year’s Leaving cert class have had a very disruptive 22 months and deserve clarity on arrangements for this year’s exams. Watch Mary speak here 👇

Gaelscoil Áine

Further to Mary’s recent visit to Gaelscoil Áine she asked the Minister for Education, Norma Foley to make a statement on the proposed location for the school for September 2022. You can watch back Mary’s contribution below, and read the response from the Minister here The school is 3 years old and still expanding. Mary…

€12.9M for Dublin Schools

Mary welcomes the announcement from Minister Norma Foley of €12.9M in minor works funding for Dublin primary & secondary schools. This funding is to offer additional support to schools in the context of Covid-19. The minor works grant funding provides good flexibility to address issues at local school level. The works that can be undertaken…

Respect for SNA’s Campaign

Mary support the campaign by Special Needs Assistant’s for recognition and certification of minimum standards by the Department of Education. The minimum qualification to apply to become an SNA has not been altered since 1979. To read more about the campaign click here.

Childcare Funding

Mary welcomed the report from the Expert group on Childcare this week and the Government has accepted its recommendations. Highlights of the report include: €270Million extra funding to the sector which will help to Control fees, which have been a barrier for so many parents. Improve pay & conditions for this dedicated work force. It…

Affordability of 3rd Level Education

Mary raised affordability of third level education in the Seanad echoing the sentiments of the Union of Students of Ireland that €50, 000 for a 4 year degree is still too much and calling out the need for Government to remove the financial barriers for students. She highlighted the specific requests from the Union of…

Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire

Mary has continued to renew representations to both the Department of Education and Minister for Education Norma Foley regarding the new school building project for Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire. Further to her most recent representations she received a positive update on the new school building project which indicates that stage 2b approval should be completed by…